- Côte de Nuits, Burgundy, France
Pierre Damoy took over from his uncle, Jacques Damoy, in 1992. The domaine has been in the family for five generations, founded by Pierre's great-great-grandfather, Julien. Today, the domaine is 10.6 hectares and eight of the ten are located in the most-esteemed Grand Cru in Burgundy. The domaine owns one-third of the magnificent Chambertin-Clos de Bèze (5.36ha), 40% of Chapelle-Chambertin (2.2ha) and they boast one hectare of Chambertin. The oldest vines of the domaine were planted in 1920 and are located in the Clos de Bèze and in the monopole of the domaine, Gevrey-Chambertin Clos Tamisot.
Pierre possesses an astute understanding of the dynamics of the vineyard and favors a hands-on, environmentally friendly approach. He plows the soil regularly for weed control rather than spraying herbicides, and he opts to use humus over synthetic fertilizers. No insecticides are used and copper applications are used sparingly as needed for mildew. Pierre completed a total modernization of the winery by 2002, with a focus on gentle winemaking equipment and the ability to ferment each small block of vines separately to capture the personality of each site’s terroir. The wines are aged for 14-18 months in 70-100% new oak for the grand cru and 30-50% new oak on the village and premier cru. After aging on the fine lees, the wines are bottled without fining or filtration.
Coupled with the domaine's holdings, Pierre's work in the vineyards and changes in the cellar have put the domaine on track to be one of the very best in the Côte de Nuits.